Doctor finds her calling deep in the African jungle

Joyce Samoutou-Wong and her husband Henri with their three children. The couple run an eye surgery clinic in Congo-Brazzaville. Photo: Joyce Samoutou-Wong

When Dr Joyce Samoutou-Wong is asked to share some of her experiences of working with patients in Congo-Brazzaville, she has no end of inspirational stories to tell - each one a tale of a life transformed.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 4:22am

Talking points

Marathon runners under starter's orders

Hollywood honours its best … and worst

23 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

Four Chinese men in Kenyan court over ivory smuggling

Four Chinese men appeared in a Kenyan court on Monday charged with smuggling ivory, a judicial official said.

The men were arrested on Sunday carrying ivory products, including 40 chopsticks, six necklaces, bracelets and a pen holder, as well as two pieces of raw ivory weighing 9.6kg.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UN chief urges M23 rebel group to leave Congo city of Goma

M23 rebels patrol around Congo's Central Bank in Goma, eastern Congo. Photo: AP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged M23 rebels in Congo to lay down their weapons and leave the city of Goma which they seized.

Ban said he welcomed a joint statement by the presidents of the former Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda making the same appeal at a summit during the weekend in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:02am

Civilians flee rebel advance in Congo

UN official Valerie Amos: "I was shocked." Photo: EPA

The United Nations has expressed shock at the sight of thousands of civilians fleeing a rebel advance in eastern Congo and appealed for access to help those caught up in the violence.

25 Nov 2012 - 4:01am

Rwanda-backed Congo rebels advance on Goma city

M23 rebels stand outside a small wooden shack in the village of Kanyarucinya, some 6km from Goma, a crucial provincial capital in eastern Congo. Photo: AFP

A Rwandan-backed rebel group advanced to within 4 kilometres of Goma, a crucial provincial capital in eastern Congo, marking the first time that rebels have come this close since 2008.

Congolese army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli said the fighting had been going on since 6am yesterday and the front line had moved to just a few kilometres outside the city.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Chinese accused of illegal logging in Congo

Three Congolese boys push their wooden bicycles, or chikudus, in North Kivu province. Production of the bicycles is an important part of the local economy. Photo: AFP

China's fast-growing demand for timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in an increase in illegal logging in the African nation.

Mainland and Hong Kong loggers were the likely culprits, Global Witness, a British non-governmental organisation, said.

10 Nov 2012 - 5:04am

New species of monkey identified in Congo

Cercopithecus lomamiensis, the Lesula, is described by researchers as shy and quiet. It lives on the ground and in trees. Photo: AFP

A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, only the second time in 28 years such a discovery has been made on the continent.

The finding in the Democratic Republic of Congo is significant, as identification of mammals new to science is rare.

15 Sep 2012 - 3:21am

Open to abuse

Hong Kong's recent decision in a court case on state immunity has drawn little discussion of its implications for human rights protection. The implications were not obvious, as the case involved an American vulture fund suing the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect a sovereign debt.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Gentle jungle giants

Last Sunday was Dian Fossey's birthday. Fossey spent 18 years learning all she could about gorillas in Rwanda. Her story was made into the movie Gorillas in the Mist.

Fossey was murdered in 1985. But her work still goes on today.


One of the great apes, gorillas are primates. They live in Africa's jungles, and are quiet and shy animals.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Gang busted for trafficking women to Congo

Police busted a prostitution gang that kidnapped women from remote counties in the south of the mainland before taking them to Congo, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday.

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

China offers real opportunity to Africa

Poor Congo! It can never get a break from meddling westerners. But what can it expect, since it is doing a multibillion-dollar deal with the Chinese. These days, anything involving China in Africa is automatically suspect in the west.

29 May 2008 - 12:00am

Gorilla famed for using tools reveals new level of intimacy with mate

Maybe the old preachers were on to something about the missionary position being a sign of civilisation. Leah (centre), the female western gorilla first spotted using a stick as a measuring rod to test the depth of a lake in 2005, was recently seen mating face to face with George, the dominant male in their group in the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Huayou float to fund Congo venture

Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Nickel Materials, the mainland's third-largest cobalt producer, plans a listing in either Shanghai or Shenzhen next year to fund its US$350 million investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Sitting on a gold mine, forced to live in abject poverty

Congolese often say their country is the richest in the world, given the vast amounts of gold, diamonds, oil, timber and other resources it contains. But like the rest of Congo's resources, the gold of Iga Barriere, about 25km from Bunia, does little for the people here.

29 Jul 2006 - 12:00am